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Lenses / Re: Tamron 150-600mm AF servo issues?
« on: April 13, 2014, 01:51:08 PM »
I got a copy from the second batch now last week and it works fine on my 5D Mark III. It does not make extreme jumps like from a roof in 10m distance to a tree in 50m distance (although it does make the jump from far to near, just not in the other direction), but AI servo works fine when tracking a subject and smoothly follows it.

Pricewatch Deals / Re: Grab a Pancake! $129 at B&H Photo
« on: December 20, 2013, 10:33:50 AM »
I have a 50mm 1.4, what would be the advantage of the 40mm?  Does it produce better images, or would it just be slightly wider?

In my opinion the 40 2.8 should not be rated after it's aperture as 2.8 isn't very special for this kind of focal length but it's a perfect lens to have for absolute light weight and small size requirements. Like when I was skiing in early 2013 I almost only carried my 5D3 with the 40 2.8 in my backpack on the hill because it takes no more space than the body itself and delivers an outstanding image quality for its size and price. I admit it looks a bit unmanly though.  ::)

If you're not that into having this for a fun purpose or for when you want the lightest combination possible I would not get it, but it's really worth a try if you do.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 21, 2013, 01:39:15 PM »
I just use a simple screw-in-adapter without any AF confirmation. I don't see the need for them because I probably won't take out such an adapted lens on a hike where I don't have much time to shoot, I only take it with me when I know I can play around a bit and then I can also set the focus via LiveView to be sure.

By the way there is my first good swirly shot with my Helios 44-2, I can't really believe how sharp it is.

Down the rabbit hole von Florian Bieler auf Flickr

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 18, 2013, 04:41:20 AM »
I also received a Helios 44-2 today and the mirror doesn't hit the back of the lens on infinite. I am quite satisfied with it and probably will return the Takumar 55 1.8, one of those 50-ish lenses will do and the Helios with its swirl is probably the more interesting one.

Lenses / Re: Good or lucky copy of the 50L?
« on: October 18, 2013, 04:39:54 AM »
I owned a 2012 copy of that lens which did not front or back focus at any distance or aperture, but I just wasn't satisfied with the image quality for the price tag the lens wears, it is just not worth four digits, especially when you peek at the Sigma 35 1.4 and how sharp that is wide open. Despite it's great build quality, haptics and bokehlicious look, I would not recommend the 50L to anyone, only if you got the money and don't know where to put it.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 10, 2013, 01:21:58 PM »
The Helios 44-2 you are all talking about is that 44-2 58mm 2.0 lens, right?

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 10, 2013, 11:08:36 AM »
Well okay, that's nice, I modified the old 50 1.4 to work with my 5D Mark III without hitting the mirror but I don't own it anymore. But I have seen the 55 1.8 is only around 60€ here so I got one off ebay with minimal dust inside, I think there's a M42 adapter still flying around here so I thought I'd give it a shot! Your shots with that thing certainly make me curious.

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Takumars, Anyone?
« on: October 10, 2013, 09:46:52 AM »
Dustin, that Takumar 55 1.8 images make me curious. Tell me, do I also get mirror problems with that lens, so that the mirror hits the back of the lens?

Lenses / Re: How to carry 5DMKIII with 70-200/2.8ISMKII
« on: September 05, 2013, 12:49:53 PM »
I carry it on my Sun Sniper without any problems, attached to a ArcaSwiss mount on the strap, and I attach it with the tripod ring. That thing holds about 5kg so no worries.

What I think about photographing books with a 1DX:

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: Big Sigma Primes [CR2]
« on: August 26, 2013, 12:41:05 PM »
Mr Sigma - go for a 400/4.
All the other lens fl/apertures combinations are covered by the big boys.

EF 400mm 4.0 DO IS

Well I tried the current 50 and it had bad focus shifts. So, Art here. Maybe I'll get a second body in APS-C though and then it's obviously going to be the 18-35.

But hey, anyways. Keep hitting me with Art lenses.

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 06, 2013, 11:14:58 AM »
Seriously? This is Sal Cincotta?

No, he is not. Just stated that he got "inspired" by his logo or whatever.

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 05, 2013, 02:51:00 PM »
I've seen a shetload of horrible, horrible watermarks like plain white comic sans text right in the middle of the picture so I figured if I watermark, I make it less obvious. The main reason I put my logo in the pix is anyway just to screw with people who try to steal and upload them elsewhere or something. Sure they can be almost always removed with a bit of photoshop skill, but that's the reason then I only upload them with 1,5 to 2 megapixels maximum and not in full resolution.

Canon General / Re: Photographer logo?
« on: August 05, 2013, 01:03:46 PM »
My logo can be seen as my avatar, its basically a f and b ;) in my pix I also add a Photography font underneath. I like to blend it into the remaining picture so that it does not disturb the viewer, and make it only so big that you can easily read it when you watch the pic at 100% size, like here for example.

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